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Lumifer comments on In support of Yak Shaving - Less Wrong

13 Post author: Elo 16 March 2017 05:31AM

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Comment author: Lumifer 16 March 2017 02:45:38PM *  4 points [-]

The superficial true meaning is "don't waste time on unimportant sub tasks" and the clearly false but immediately actionable meaning is "don't do subtasks".

Not quite.

The meaning is "If you have constructed a very long chain of prerequisites, consider that it's likely to be suboptimal and look for a direct shortcut to the terminal goal".